LinuxPlanet: What Can System Administrators Learn from Programmers?
Jul 22, 2006, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Although we often hear about program bugs and techniques to get
rid of them, we seldom see a similar focus in the field of system
administration. LinuxPlanet asked Diomidis Spinellis, the author of
the book Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective, for
tips on what system administrators can learn from programmers.
"LinuxPlanet: How would you judge the quality of a
"Surprisingly, I would use the same attributes as those I employ
for describing the quality of a software artifact: functionality,
reliability, usability, efficiency, maintainability, and
portability. I would ask questions like the following. What
services does the system offer to its users? Has the system been
setup in a way that it can run uninterrupted for months? How easy
is it to manage its services, or to restore a file from a backup?
Is there any waste in the utilization of the CPUs, the main memory,
or the disk storage? How difficult would it be to upgrade the
operating system or the installed applications? How difficult would
it be to move the services to a different platform...?"